Tuesday, August 29, 2006

SEVERANCE - oustanding Brit horror/comedy

The concept of this movie is simplicity itself. A bunch of people who work for a nasty military defence contractor go on a team-building paint-balling exercise in Hungary. But they end up in an ex-mental institution where a bunch of crazed ex-Soviet soldiers are after them. Cue lots of running through woods, torture scenes and Hungarian strippers with machine guns. I don't know how newbie director Chris Smith pulled it off, but SEVERANCE is both very funny and very scary (in a sort of sub J-horror way.) And, no, this isn't a parody of horror in the manner of the SCARY MOVIE series. It's a genuine balls-cut slasher movie horror that makes HARD CANDY look like a walk in the park. And it's proper comedy too, anchored by great comic actors like Tim 'Lord Percy' McInnerny and Danny Dyer. Go check it out!

SEVERANCE is on release in the UK. It opens in France on October 18th 2006 and in Germany on November 30th.


  1. frickin hell, Babou Ceesay stars in this film. That is just so fucking scary!

  2. Don't get me wrong - all the actors are great - but are overshadowed by the sheer genius of the direction. You MUST see this

  3. This film rocks! Good review - the rocket launcher scene had me laughing up popcorn

  4. I really want to see this & will hopefully be doing so next Thursday.

  5. I did see it on Thursday & it was good but not as scary as I was expecting. It was tense at times though.

    "...the rocket launcher scene had me laughing up popcorn."

    It was very funny indeed, but the best bit was definitely in Danny Dyer's mind (with the plethora of hot nurses, mmmm lol).

    Alan knew nothing about the film except the title until we actually watched it. Poor guy looked a bit distraught during the bear trap scene lmao! He still seemed to enjoy the movie though :-D

    One thing's for sure, it was better than Jeepers Creepers (it was on channel 4 on Saturday night, hadn't seen it before but disappointed :-( ).

  6. Jeepers Creepers falls foul of Bina's Second Rule of Cinema: no movie starring stars with the initials JL will be good. I cite Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers, Waiting..., Accepted) and Josh Lucas (Stealth, Undertow, Poseidon) as evidence.